A year ago, when Chip Kelly was running the Eagles, they wanted Sam Bradford so badly that they gave up Nick Foles and a second-round draft pick to get him. Now Kelly is gone, and the Eagles still want Bradford — but maybe not as much as they did last year.
That’s the implication from Howie Roseman in a podcast on the Eagles’ website. Roseman said he wants Bradford to play for the Eagles in 2016, but it has to be for a deal that works for the Eagles.
“We’ve all been clear that we like Sam, and we’d like to have him back. It goes then between all of us and whether we can figure something out that makes sense on both sides,” said Roseman, via PhillyMag.com. “Sometimes we get into a situation where we sit here and it will make sense from the team’s perspective but when you’re talking about a negotiation, it’s also got to work for the other side and the player, and we understand that. But hopefully this will all work out and we’ll look at that depth chart when we line up here in July and be really excited about the position.”
With Bradford set to become a free agent, there’s some talk that the Eagles would rather let Bradford walk and get Foles back if the Rams release him before they have to pay him a $6 million roster bonus. Roseman was asked about that, although he can’t address the Foles situation directly as long as he’s under contract to the Rams.
“You sit in the office right now and there’s not a lot of names on the quarterback depth chart that are under contract right now. And so we’ve gotta look at every option,” Roseman said.
Bradford is one option, but only if he’s willing to take what the Eagles think he’s worth.